What To Expect

What To Expect During Examination

  • Your initial appointment will take 45-50 minutes.
  • During this time you will complete the breast health questionnaire and a detailed health history.
  • You will then be taken to a private imaging room where you will be asked to disrobe from the waist up in order to become acclimated to the temperature of the room. A female technician will be available to answer any questions.
  • After 15 minutes, the technician will take a series of images including front, lateral, and oblique views.
  • You then will be asked to plunge your hands into cool (10°C or 50°F) water for 60 seconds. This is known as a functional test – cool water will produce a physiological response that will lead to vasoconstriction of you blood vessels.
  • Normal blood vessels will contract and cool down while blood vessels feeding abnormal cells will not since their metabolic rate is much higher. The technician will then repeat the process of taking the images for a before and after view.
  • The image taking itself only takes a couple of minutes.
  • Within approximately 2 weeks, (same day reporting provided at head office location) you will return to our office and have the results presented to you in person.
  • You will actually see the images of your breast, learn about any issues, or potential issues you may have, and be given advice on how to improve your health and help prevent breast disease. This follow-up appointment is complementary.
  • COVERAGE – Unfortunately, OHIP does not cover the cost of Thermal Imaging. SOME benefit programs do cover a portion of the cost. (i.e. Sunlife may cover up to 80% depending on your Employer). You will need to call them and ask if they cover Thermography. If they say NO, ask if IMAGING is covered in the OTHER category (i.e. x-rays from a chiropractor or blood work that you pay for out of pocket first).
  • If you have a Health Spending Account as part of your personal Insurance this is where this Service can be claimed. It is considered Medical Imaging. This service can also be claimed on yearly income tax under Medical Expenses.